Part 3: How to heal
In this part of the blog series, I explore how metaphysical knowledge can be applied to find practical methods for healing. Let’s start with the essentials. The key to healing is awareness, love, and trust of self.
Self-awareness is what shines light into the shadows, allowing you to see truth and see what needs integration;
Self-love is what creates the safe space necessary to invite the darkness into the light. Self-love is the magic that alchemizes any experience (even the most painful ones) into wisdom;
Self-trust teaches you to trust in your divinity even when the human aspects may seem vulnerable, confused, or unreliable.
The more you practise love, awareness and trust of Self, the more you become them.
While it may seem self-absorbed to focus so much on self-love, there is a reason for this. Perhaps you’ve heard of the old hermetic principle: “As above, so below; as within, so without.” This principle summarizes neatly how we need to change our internal state to cause change in our external state; all change starts with the relationship you have with the various parts of yourself.
The practise of healing, then, is to apply self-love, awareness, and trust on all levels of beingness. To understand how healing works, you might ask yourself:
How can I apply awareness, love and trust of self on the physical, psychological, energetic, and spiritual levels of existence?
I'll provide some examples below.
On the level of the body, healing emotional wounds means rewiring your nervous system. Examples of somatic healing include:
On the level of psychology, healing emotional wounds means creating healing experiences in relationships, starting with how you relate to yourself. This is because the most effective way to change a belief is to have new experiences that disconfirm old, limiting beliefs. Here are some ways to practise psychological healing:
From an energetic approach, we can practise healing in the following ways:
From a spiritual approach, we can practice healing in the following ways:
If you feel overwhelmed by this list, remember that the most important thing is not what you do but how you do it: Ideally, with a lot of compassion. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there is one method that is mentioned repeatedly: conscious breathing. If I had to choose one method or tool for integration, it would be conscious breathing.
Conscious breathing is pure magic; it allows you to calm your mind, become more present, regulate your nervous system, remove energy blocks, and feel connected to your divinity.
It is the most simple, yet most powerful tool that I know for integration, and it’s always available to you.
I’ve also provided my formula for how to heal below:
How to heal = Making a choice to heal + conscious breathing + self-love practices + allowing the natural process to unfold + trust.
I hope this blog post has been helpful, and even inspired you to ponder: what’s your formula for healing? In the next part of this blog series, I will discuss how healing changes through self-realization, and whether there is an end to it.